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Margarita (2012)

Patrick McKenna , NICOLA CORREIA DAMUDE , Dominique Cardona , Laurie Colbert  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A potent cocktail of heart, humor, and humanity. --Sound on Sight

What a charmer Margarita is!... Plays like an indie relative of Mary Poppins with a LGBT twist or like Canada s answer to The Kids Are All Right... --Cinemablographer

Product Description

This charming lesbian drama tells the tale of an undocumented Mexican nanny, Margarita (Nicola Correia Damude, De Grassi: The Next Generation) whose girlfriend Jane (Christine Horne, Tru Love) is reluctant to commit and whose yuppie employers a nice Toronto family with money problems are about to let her go. A warm and funny crowd-pleaser, the film features an excellent supporting cast that includes Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show) and teen star Maya Ritter (Finn s Girl). BONUS FEATURES- Short Film Below the Belt Trailer More from Wolfe

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian movie status quo December 11, 2013
By Jamie
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I thought this film lacked character development and depth. The dialogue and the acting felt superficial and forced. Ironically, the friendship most believable and genuine appeared to be between Margarita and Carlos. Nicola Correia Damude's Magarita came across as a sincere and very likable character and she,a very capable actress. As with many lesbian films, content and character development was replaced with gratuitous sex scenes that neither developed the plot nor the character.

I was confused how a family that lived with and "loved" Margarita for six years; treated her like family, could devolve and crumble the way they did in this film. I think the crumbling is possible, given the circumstances, but the story itself didnt't translate well to the screen because of the superficial acting. The story is a good one and makes an earnest effort to illuminate the struggles illegal immigrants face in this country. I expected more from this film and was left feeling a little disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Original, and very Human Canadian Film January 12, 2014
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Margarita is a Nanny to a high flying couple with a fourteen year old daughter. She has been with them a number of years and seems to do everything for them as well as being the daughter’s best friend, teacher and confidante. She is also a lesbian and has a girlfriend who seems to want to keep her at arms length outside of their physical relationship. Well the couple Ben and Gail have had a run of bad luck in the cash flow department. A string of bad investments and bad career choices has left them financially embarrassed.

Well they have to make cutbacks and so they have to think the unthinkable and ‘let Margarita go’. Margarita, meanwhile, has spotted the slide in their fortunes and has been doing economy measures for some time, as well as fixing computes, mending the gutter, clearing the drive and servicing the hot tub – she is also drop dead gorgeous. Well once they have told her that she has to go the consequences for everyone become very apparent, very quick – and that’s when they find out she is also an illegal immigrant.

This is just a wonderful film, Nicola Correia Damude (’Havana 57’) as Margarita is sensational but a special word has to be said for Patrick McKenna as Ben who is marvellous, funny, and an all round entertainer who you can’t help feeling sorry for him even when he is trying to fire Margarita. Everyone is great in this and the direction is excellent from Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert they worked together before on ‘Finn’s Girl’ so they knew they could deliver and deliver they have in absolute spades. One of the best films I have seen for ages and I can not recommend highly enough – a comedy with social comment and a bucket of human emotion and it’s Canadian – what is not to like?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cute movie December 26, 2013
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This movie is nice. It has good drama and character development. It is nice that being lesbian is not the entire focus of the movie and is just a normal part of the various character's lives.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Intelligent December 22, 2013
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Margarita is a good example of entertaining and intelligent indepenent film making. Here you find a great story competent actors and a charismatic lead actress. What a delight to find a story where the main character is a lesbian, but the story involves so many more issues. Margarita is an illegal immigrant in Canada and the family she has worked for are letting her go after 6 years, so she need to get married or be deported. This dilemma she faces gives rise to both dramatic and comedic plot development which is very satisfyingly resolved. What a great country Canada is, where same sex marriage is legal, if only Australia, where I live was as enlightened!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story with likeable characters January 20, 2014
By Sue
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The lesbian main character's sexuality is beside the point.

She has both straight and gay people in her life that love her. No one has a problem or issue with her lifestyle, which is refreshing.

The dialog is humorous. The characters have common foibles but are at their heart, kind and loving.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Four stars?!?!? For what? April 13, 2014
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I commonly look at the rating & reviews, they are pretty accurate most the time. I don't know why this movie was rated with four stars.... It was just alright.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somple, but Differant movie April 12, 2014
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Margarita is a simple movie, but thestory in this movie,
is so good, but whatever you may think may happen,
well, its don't.
the movie starts with a rich couple getting there towed!
than, after that, we find out they also have a nanny,
that basically does everything for them ,
encluding rasing there daughter,
than the couple figures out they have money going out than have
coming in, so they argue & decide they need to let there,
Nanny go, so they can save money,
the family sees her as part of the family and neither the hubby or wife,
wants to tell her.
they finally do it together, than they realise that she is in the U.S illegally,
so, the couple decides , since they want margarita to stay in the country,
and they know they cannot afford to go to court, so the couple talks
about how they will keep her here,
btw, the couple is NOT married, they are only common law,
the wife decides well, the her hubby could marry Margarita,
and she could stay here, margarita decides since she is a lesbian, '
thats not a good idea for her, so the wife gets a great idea,
why don't she marry Margarita, the courts would understand that,
but Margarita has a girlfriend that doesn't want to marry her
to much has been said about this movie,
so whatch the movie and see what happens,
it will surprise you.
again , what you think should happen , doesn't!!
i would recommend this movie to any person wanting to learn
about things in a lesbian relationship!!
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